Here's a sneak preview for tomorrow's episode, entitled "The Fastest Fast Food Fiend." I don't usually like going off of sites like this to announce information, but this is the title TheTVDB lists. Based on Day 24 of the Scooby 50th anniversary countdown calling Jim Gaffigan a "fast food fiend," I'm led to believe that this title is the correct one. Here's the premise for this episode, from the YouTube description of the video:
When Scooby and Shaggy compete in a fast food eating competition sponsored by the Doc Tally restaurant chain, they meet their ultimate challenge eating against none other than comedian Jim Gaffigan! And there’s a horrible monster trying to stop the whole contest from finishing. Can Shaggy, Scooby and our mystery solving gang team up with Jim Gaffigan to save the fast food competition, and themselves?
I've read some other reviews of this episode, and know that quite a few people were annoyed by Urkel's antics in this one. But I for one thought this was a great episode, and I'd even go so far as to say that it was one of my favorites of the series.
I've personally never seen Family Matters (the show Urkel was on), but Urkel was an enjoyable character for me. I thought the silliness he brought to the table in this episode was pretty funny, particularly the flashback to Urkel's court case and the ending of him blowing up the Mystery Machine.
The location of the museum itself was pretty cool-looking, and it was perfect contextually given Urkel's habit of breaking things. I was surprised that there was an animation error in which "Coal Mine" was spelled "Coal Minn." I didn't think WB would still make such a silly mistake like that in today's day and age!
The villain being a redesign of the Green Ghosts from "A Night of Fright is No Delight" was kind of cool. I can see how one might think that it was just another lazy repurposing of an original villain, but I think it fit well here and the villain being a "Technomancer" made it different enough that it worked.
I've had a bit of an issue with Scooby seeming a bit off in past episodes. In this episode, I thought this issue was fixed. All the character dynamics were pretty spot on! Velma seemed a tad bit awkward at points, but it was still pretty good.
Overall, while this episode wasn't perfect, I thought it was still very entertaining and a good silly episode to watch when you want to just relax and turn your brain off.
For fun, I'm also going to start something new in these reviews. I'm going to give my overall ranking of the episodes from the series so far, and update the list with each review. Here's where my list, which I'm dubbing the Star-Studded Scoreboard (given this is a team-up series), currently stands (from best to worst):
1. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
2. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
3. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
4. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
5. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
6. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
7. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
8. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!
This was an amazing episode!
The atmosphere was genuinely spooky, and Penn and Teller were great guest stars. I'm glad we got some female minor characters finally, as I think all of them up to this point have been male. The villains were super cool looking too! Penn seemed a tad off at the beginning when he said "Ghosts aren't real." but I can't put my finger on how.
I was genuinely shocked that Teller was the villain! I liked the explanation behind why he dressed up. That has to be a first in the Scooby-Doo team ups that the guest star was ever a villain!
The gang's personalities were pretty decent in this episode, especially Daphne's quirks from Be Cool Scooby-Doo sort of coming back. The gang's costumes were awesome too! Honestly, almost everything about this episode was awesome! The one part I can say that I absolutely hated in this episode was the fart joke in the elevator. It wasn't even close to funny, and I was very disappointed they chose to use a bodily function joke here.
Otherwise, I really appreciated everything about this episode. I'd say the Sherlock Holmes episode slightly edged it out, but not by much. Here's hoping that we get more episodes like this coming up soon!
Here's a sneak preview of tomorrow's Guess Who episode featuring Penn and Teller. "The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson" will be posted on Boomerang tomorrow, and will air on Cartoon Network on Monday, August 19.
This was a really cute episode.
This was probably one of the episodes I've enjoyed the most so far. I felt like the pacing was pretty good, the interactions between Scooby and Wonder Woman were super cute, and the villain was pretty cool. All the locations were genuinely spooky and gave a very creepy vibe to the episode.
Wonder Woman seemed like a good guest star! I know some were worried about the feminist message being too overpowering, but I thought they did a really nice job with it. They had their moments of female power, which were definitely warranted given it was Wonder Woman, but it also didn't undermine the rest of the episode which was good. They also gave viewers a good message about gender equality, rather than just saying "screw the men." I did think Scooby's line "Boys' locker room, girls' locker room!" was kind of odd, just because it didn't really fit with anything unless they were attempting to introduce the issue of gender neutral bathrooms? Either way it was a strange thing to mention.
All the characters were pretty on-point this time, my only criticism being Scooby's long monologue at the end. While the content of the speech itself was certainly inspiring as it was intended to be, it doesn't really fit with Scooby's character to speak in gigantic paragraphs worth of dialogue, in my opinion. Otherwise, Scooby was great in this episode, and I particularly enjoyed his and Shaggy's "truths" when they were captured by the magic lasso. One small other criticism I had was that the initial training session with the girls seemed like it was way too short.
Overall, this was an enjoyable episode with a very fun, positive feminist message in it.
A few sneak previews of tomorrow's Guess Who episode, "The Scooby of a Thousand Faces" have been released!
Here they are:
This was just a mediocre episode for me.
Location-wise, this episode had a really spooky feeling setting in the museum. I didn't quite understand why the gang was in Ricky Gervais's apartment, but maybe I just missed that part.
My biggest complaint was that Ricky Gervais seemed to completely overshadow the gang. Most of the lines in this episode were him making jokes, none of which were particularly funny. The only two I enjoyed were him pointing out that Scooby was just saying his name, and the reference he made to Laurel and Hardy ("Ollie, that's another fine mess you've gotten me into."). I thought it was cool that they called back to The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
It was very easy to figure out who the villain was. I liked the Cat-Headed Mummy as a villain, and it was fun that they referenced "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too" with his catchphrase being similar to the original mummy's "coin!" and a jewel/valuable item being hidden inside a statue. It was also interesting to see almost an exact replica of Professor Hyde-White from "What a Night for a Knight."
Side note, I thought Fred's catchphrase officially being made "Hold the phone! was a bit weird, especially in the opening title where they say the name of the guest star.
Overall, a mediocre episode mainly because Ricky Gervais had too big of a role in the episode. I'm hoping we can get back to the kind of dynamic we saw in the previous episode with Sherlock Holmes in the next episode.
Here are the premises for episodes 6-8 of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who, oddly found by just Googling the episode numbers. Thanks so much to The Cop for letting me know about this!
The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
When a marble statue comes to life at a Greek museum, the gang becomes caught between a braying Minotaur and a sword-wielding Wonder Woman; teaming up with the Amazonian princess, the Mystery Inc. gang experiences a little rift of boys versus girls.
The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
When the mystery-solving gang accepts an invitation to spend one night in the haunted Savannah Hotel in Las Vegas before its controlled demolition, they learn that magicians Penn & Teller have also accepted the challenge.
When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
When Steve Urkel enlists the help of the gang to track down the Urkel-Bot, they stumble onto a deeper mystery with the appearance of a Technomancer who controls all the robots.
This one was quite possibly my favorite episode yet!
Everything was so well executed in this episode, and all the previous issues I've had with episodes are gone. Fred, Velma and Daphne felt like they had more personalities in this episode. Velma's excitement to be Sherlock's Watson was sooo cute, and I liked seeing Daphne's quirkier side from Be Cool again here. I felt like they experimented a bit more here with the characterization and plot, which was refreshing to see along with the still-classic vibes the episode gave off.
The Screaming Skulls were excellent villains, and I admittedly only had guessed that they were the Beefeater, not that it was both people the gang met. I also really liked the guest, Sherlock Holmes. It reminded me a lot of Don Knotts acting as Homer Pipsqueak in "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Sherlock turning out to be just a lonely old man was sweet, and I'm glad they stuck the message in there about not caring what others think of you at the end. It's a very important self-love message that I think we forget sometimes in this culture of social media and insecurity. I'm glad they are putting these types of messages in here for the kids!
Also, did anyone else think that Shaggy's shirt turning red in Sherlock's lab was a reference to his 80s self?
Overall, amazing episode and I'm really hoping that this is indicative of how future episodes will be!
The third episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? was definitely an improvement over the last. This was a pretty enjoyable one, in terms of having a pretty neat villain, and some good character development. One minor thing that bugged me about Scooby was how he seemed to be an amalgamation of the classic Scooby and the witty one from BCSD. His lines felt a bit off to me, particularly the "that's cray-cray" one and his manic freak-out over not having any Scooby Snacks.
I enjoyed Wanda Sykes as a guest. They worked her in well by having her know Scooby from a dog show. I admittedly could have done without her repeating "that's nasty!" so much at the end of the episode, however.
One thing I really liked about this episode was how nostalgic it felt, to the point where I felt it could be an updated Where Are You episode. It was cool that they brought Magilla Gorilla into the episode, but I do hope they're not going to bring in a classic Hanna-Barbera character at the end of every single episode. I feel like that would make it a bit less special if this was done overly often. I also hope they don't overuse the "Shaggy and Scooby trick the monster" trope. While this was certainly done in the original show occasionally, it wasn't nearly every episode like they're doing it here, and it makes it seem like they're just copying what Jon Colton Barry's started back up in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.
Despite my minor criticisms, this was a much more enjoyable episode to me than the last. I would say the Chris Paul episode still tops this one for me, however. I'm excited to watch the next one!